Pink pens furious open letter about that #GrammysSoMale controversy

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Only one woman accepted an award onstage during Sunday’s Grammy Awards (28 Jan) – but, when Recording Academy president Neil Portnow insisted that female artists need to “step up” if they want to be recognised, Pink decided to set him straight…

Alessia Cara was the only woman to accept an award onstage at this year’s Grammys. In total, only 11 out of 84 awards went to women.

This isn’t exactly breaking news. In fact, the New York Times recently pointed out that, over the last six years, 899 people have been nominated for the awards  – and a measly 9% of them were women.

The year is 2018, though, and women are loudly calling ‘Time’s Up’ on sexist bulls**t. Unsurprisingly, they just aren’t here for this discrepancy, and the hashtag #GrammysSoMale began trending on Twitter just hours after the ceremony ended.

In response, Recording Academy president Neil Portnow told Variety: “It has to begin with … women who have the creativity in their hearts and souls, who want to be musicians, who want to be engineers, producers, and want to be part of the industry on the executive level.”

He went on to offer some absolutely moronic advice, saying: “[They need] to step up because I think they would be welcome. 

“I don’t have personal experience of those kinds of brick walls that [women] face but I think it’s upon us – us as an industry – to make the welcome mat very obvious, breeding opportunities for all people who want to be creative and paying it forward and creating that next generation of artists.”

Naturally, womankind wasnn’t happy with Portnow’s comments – at all. And now Pink – as in, yes, she of Just Like A Pill fame – has penned him a furious handwritten note, which she has shared on Twitter.

“Women in music don’t need to ‘step up’,” writes Pink.

“Women have been stepping since the beginning of time. Stepping up, and also stepping aside.”

The singer – who was nominated for Best Solo Pop Performance but lost out to male nominee Ed Sheeran – continues to point out that women have “owned music this year”.

“They’ve been KILLING IT. And every year before this.

“When we celebrate and honour the talent and accomplishments of women, and how much women STEP UP every year, and how much women STEP UP every year, against all odds, we show the next generation of women and girls and boys and men what it means to be equal, and what it looks like to be fair.”

Naturally, her letter has gone down a storm on social media.

The scarcity of female winners comes amid #TimesUp, a movement launched by several Hollywood women to fight sexual harassment and gender inequality.

At the Grammys, several celebrities wore white roses to show solidarity with the initiative.

You can read all about Times Up and learn how to get involved here.

Images: Rex Features


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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is Stylist’s digital editor-at-large. Her specialist topics include comic books, films, TV and feminism. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends.